Super '78

Model: 5101078002 Series: Limited Edition
Super '78

On the cover of Van Halen’s 1978 eponymous debut album, Eddie Van Halen thrusts his black-and-white striped instrument towards the camera as if he’s showing you the future. He played this guitar on his unprecedented and mind-blowing instrumental track “Eruption”, hence its nickname, and sure enough, this monumental instrument quickly became a timeless icon.

While many a fan has attempted to duplicate his guitar over the past 40 years, for the first time ever, EVH Gear is recreating Eddie Van Halen’s hand-built axe right down to every nick and scratch, as well as his period-correct case and case candy items.

Limited to only 8 guitars worldwide, the Super '78 model features all of the original specs including an ash Strat® body, bolt-on maple neck with oiled back finish, straight 12” radius maple fingerboard with katalox face dots, black side dots and 21 mowed-down jumbo frets, hand-cut black pickguard, EVH Frankenstein™ humbucking bridge pickup, vintage Fender® Stratocaster® bridge with a Kluson® brass block and Schaller® tuning keys. Its white-with-black stripes motif paint job has been reliced to match the wear and tear from the band’s first-ever world tour, and is stylishly finished off with distressed eye-screw strap hooks and a 61071 stamped neck plate.

In a true homage to this pivotal period, EVH has also recreated Eddie Van Halen’s original G&G case (with a tour-worn outer treatment and distressed latches) and loaded it up with the very items used by him at the time, such as '70s-era Fender Super Bullets strings, Van Halen '70s tortoiseshell picks, '78 chain strap and vintage 3-in-One oil can. This model is also accompanied by an exclusive collector’s booklet, a backstage pass vinyl cloth sticker and several autographed items including a certificate of authenticity, signed 8”x10” 1978 concert photo of Eddie Van Halen, vinyl copy of Van Halen and a rare original Van Halen Looney Tunes Merrie Melodies red vinyl.

Adding to the value and the once-in-a lifetime collector’s nature of this package, Eddie Van Halen played “Eruption” from Van Halen in its entirety on each guitar and then signed the back of the headstock, which was video recorded for prosperity and will be presented to the instrument’s future owner on an EVH thumb drive.

  • Limited to only 8 worldwide pieces
  • 25.5” scale length
  • Ash Strat® body
  • Bolt-on maple neck with oiled neck back finish
  • Straight 12” radius maple fingerboard with katalox dots and black side dots
  • 21 mowed-down (fretless wonder) jumbo frets
  • Hand-cut black pickguard
  • EVH Frankenstein humbucking bridge pickup
  • Vintage Fender® Stratocaster® bridge with a Kluson® brass block
  • Eye-screw strap hooks
  • Schaller® tuning keys
  • Reliced white-with-black stripes hand-painted lacquer finish
  • 61071 Stamped Neck Plate


  • Eddie Van Halen played “Eruption” and signed the back of the headstock on each of the Super ‘78 guitars, which was filmed & will be placed on an EVH thumb drive for the instrument’s future owner
  • Autographed Van Halen vinyl
  • Autographed Van Halen rare original Looney Tunes Merrie Melodies vinyl
  • Custom-made period correct G&G case with tour-worn outer treatment and distressed latches
  • Exclusive Eruption Collector’s Booklet
  • '78 chain strap
  • 3-in-One oil in its period-correct can
  • Signed Certificate of Authenticity
  • Two packs of '70s-era Fender® Super Bullets strings in recreated packaging
  • Van Halen '70s tortoiseshell picks
  • Backstage Pass vinyl cloth sticker on the case plus one unused sticker inside
  • Signed 8”x10” 1978 concert photo of Eddie Van Halen


Model Name: Super '78
Model Number: 5101078002
Series: Limited Edition
MSRP: $25000.00
Color: White with Black Stripes


Body Shape: Sharp Radius Stratocaster®
Body Material: Ash
Body Finish: Thin Nitrocellulose Lacquer


Neck Material: 2-Piece Birdseye Maple
Neck Shape: Custom
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius: 12" (305 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Jumbo
String Nut: Brass
Nut Width: 1.685" (42.8 mm)
Headstock: Large '70s Style
Neck Plate: 61071 Stamped Neck Plate
Neck Finish: Hand-Rubbed Oil
Fingerboard: AA Birdseye Maple
Position Inlays: Katalox


Bridge Pickup: EVH® Frankenstein® Humbucking Bridge Pickup
Controls: Volume (500K EVH® Bourns Low Friction Pot)
Pickup Switching: None
Pickup Configuration: H


Bridge: Vintage Fender® Stratocaster® Bridge with a Kluson® Brass Block
Tuning Machines: Schaller® Diecast
Orientation: Right-Hand
Hardware Finish: Chrome Relic®
Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
Control Knobs: Aged White Plastic


Strings: '70s Era Super Bullets .009-.040